ISyE Seminar Series: Vivek Saxena


Vivek Saxena

"Digital Technologies in Aerospace Manufacturing - A Perspective from the Industry"

Presentation by Dr. Vivek Saxena
Founder & Managing Director
Advisory Aerospace OSC

Wednesday, October 28
3:30-5:00 PM CST — Graduate Seminar and Reception (Zoom)

About the seminar:

We will start with a short introduction of the aerospace industry and the structure of manufacturing value chains in aircraft manufacturing. We will then discuss the current state of digital methods and technologies in various tiers of aerospace manufacturers. 

The practical issues associated with the application of the advances in Operations Research will then be addressed with particular emphasis on the problem of shop optimization. We will share some of our recent results using the MLCLSP (Multi Level Capacitated Lot Sizing Problem)  algorithm used in our proprietary tool – OptimizerAero™. The results show that within a short period (typically within a part manufacturing lead time), the shop performance shows a step improvement, guided by our tool’s recommended strategies. We will close with our plans to further enhance our algorithm and to simplify the deployment of the OptimizerAero™ tool.


Vivek founded Advisory Aerospace OSC after 30 years in academics, aerospace industry and consulting. Advisory Aerospace OSC targets the massive unmet need for digital technologies in Operations & Supply Chain (OSC) functions in aerospace industry, especially at Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Previously, he held a variety of roles such as Chief Engineer, Plant Manager, President and CEO at various aerospace companies. 

He has a PhD in Applied Math from the University of Cambridge. His work at Cambridge and Cornell focused on modeling of complex phenomena like gas turbine combustion, including stochastic simulation techniques. As an MS student at UMN, he contributed to the design of the Saint Anthony Falls wind tunnel. 

Start date
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
End date
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, 5 p.m.